POST Online Media Lite Edition


Amazon fire: France and Ireland won't back EU-Mercosur deal after Bolsonaro's climate lies

Christian Fernsby |
Emmanuel Macron has branded Brazil’s president a liar and threatened to block the European Union’s trade deal with the Mercosur countries.

Article continues below


The French president’s office said in a statement that it has become clear that Jair Bolsonaro wasn’t serious about his commitments on tackling climate change when he spoke to world leaders at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka earlier this year.

"Given the attitude of Brazil over the last weeks, the president can only conclude that President Bolsonaro lied to him at the Osaka [G20] summit [in June]," a French presidential official said Friday, as a public row flared between the two leaders over wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said in a statement on Friday he was very concerned at the record levels of rainforest destruction, adding that the Irish government would closely monitor Brazil's environmental actions in the two years until the Mercosur deal is ratified.

"There is no way that Ireland will vote for the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement if Brazil does not honour its environmental commitments," he said.

What to read next

EU and Mercosur reach agreement on trade
Mercosur prepared for two-speed system with EU
Mercosur intra-trade grows at double the world rate